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NGO Seeks Support For 1,000 Benches In Rural Schools

A Liberian-owned and run non-governmental organization (NGO), ‘One Bench at a Time Liberia’ (OBTL), will re-launch a fundraiser in partnership with Teach For Liberia and the Lutheran Training Institute aimed at purchasing 1,000 benches and providing financial sponsorship to two Teach For Liberia Fellows in rural classrooms.

The event which is scheduled for next Tuesday, January 30, 2024, beginning at noon at the YMCA in Monrovia will have as its chief fundraiser, Senator Momo Cyrus.

According to OBTL’s Co-founder Menekeh Pshorr Giddings, the fundraiser is to further her organization’s mission and that they are excited to partner and sponsor two of Teach For Liberia Fellows who are to be stationed in Lofa County

Ms. Giddings stated that at the moment, they are not sure how many schools are going to benefit from their gesture, however, she added, “We trying to raise funds for two teachers at the cost of US$300 each and 1,000 school chairs and benches at US$25 per bench.”

School-going pupils in rural Liberia, especially those in Lofa County, may no longer endure the sight of sitting on the bare ground or on some pieces of bricks or rock to learn as a Liberian-owned and run non-governmental organization (NGO) named ‘One Bench at a Time Liberia’ (OBTL), is expected to put at least 1,000 benches in those rural schools.

OBTL, is a non-profit organization making a difference in both Liberia and the United States with the primary focus on contributing to the development of the education system by addressing critical needs for proper seating in rural schools.

The NGO said currently, many students in rural Liberia, lack adequate benches and chairs, compelling them to sit on the floor or makeshift materials.

“We firmly believe that supporting the education sector is crucial for Liberia’s progress. In our commitment to this cause, OBTL recently completed its inaugural donation in Yarpuah Town, Lofa County,” the Co-founder of OBTL said.

Ms. Giddings further stated that her organization, collaborating with local carpenters, was able to provide 25 benches to the Yarpuah Community School, benefiting over 100 students and residents adding, “This initiative aims to create a conducive learning environment and extend support beyond the classroom to various community activities.”

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